It’s a great time of year to think about home updates and to home improvements.  In that light, here’s a look at historic and famous Portland homes to get inspired by:

1. The first, and likely most famous of the historic homes is the Pittock Mansion.  This is an easy one to visit.  This is a very eclectic architectural design built by Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock.

It’s got a very distinctive roof, fantastic architectural style, and is commands a fantastic view.

2. The Watzek House in Northwest Portland was designed by architect John Yeon, and built for lumber baron Aubrey Watzek.  The home is is a Northwest regional style of modernism with clear fir tongue and grove siding, stacked fieldstone foundation, a minimal eave line, and more.

3. Mackenzie House (now the William Temple House) in Northwest Portland was designed by Whidden & Lewis.  It’s built in a Richardsonian Romanesque style with trademark medieval-inspired stone arches, cone-topped turret, and wrought-iron details.

4. M. Lloyd Frank Estate in the Lewis and Clark College Campus.  This was designed by Herman Brookman for department store heir – M. Lloyd Frank.  It’s a classic pre-Depression mix of opulence and eclecticism.

5. Saul Zaik House in Northwest Portland was designed by Saul Zaik himself.  It’s a modernistic, simple home with warm and clean lines and uses local wood.

These are just some of the historic homes that surround us here in Portland.

Tom Leach Roofing